# ME 365 Experiment 6

```ME 365 EXPERIMENT 6
SYSTEM IDENTIFICATION
Objectives:
This experiment examines commonly used techniques for identifying systems in
both the time and frequency domains. System identification is an important step in
developing mathematical models to be used for systems and control design. In this
experiment, we will be studying a group of systems and estimating the model parameters
that best characterize them. It should be noted that system identification techniques may
also be used to estimate the structure, or order, of the model. Here we will be assuming
that the systems are characterized by ideal second order frequency response functions.
After completing this lab, you should be able to:
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Use time domain techniques to experimentally determine the parameters of a
second order system.
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Use frequency domain techniques to experimentally determine the parameters of a
second order system.
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Conclude which identification techniques provide the best estimates of the system
parameters and under what circumstances they work best.
Procedure:
RLC Circuit:
In this laboratory, we will be identifying the model parameters associated with the
RLC circuit, shown in Figure 1, which exhibits primarily second order behavior.
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Figure 1: The RLC Circuit Used in this Laboratory
Similar mechanical systems, e.g. a mass/spring/damper, often modeled as ideal second
order systems, may in actuality be better characterized by higher order systems and are
often subject to nonlinearities. It is for this reason that we will practice our system
identification techniques on the &quot;better behaved&quot; RLC circuit. That is not to say that
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these techniques have no use for complex systems. They may be used to determine the
dominant nature of the response and the overall system order, albeit with some care.
Time Domain System ID:
Build the circuit as shown using the first resistor, in the case of R = 0 , a simple
wire connection will suffice. Apply a 5 Hz, 2 volt RMS square wave signal to the input
of the circuit, and attach the output of the circuit to the oscilloscope and channel 0 of the
data acquisition interface board. The low frequency square wave acts like a series of step
inputs to your second order system. Observe the output on the oscilloscope to make sure
that the circuit response is behaving as you would expect.
Launch LabVIEW then load SYSTEM ID.VI from the Desktop\ME365
directory. This VI extracts and analyzes a single step response from the circuit, which is
being excited by the square wave. The default panel settings should produce acceptable
results for most setups, however, you may find it useful to modify some of the VI inputs.
Here is a brief description of what the VI inputs do:
Time Out:
This knob determines the amount of time that can elapse before
the VI &quot;gives up&quot; trying to find a good step response.
# of Samples:
This value governs the number of data points to be collected.
NOTE: This VI performs some numerical calculations that
require this value to be a power of two.
Sample Rate:
This is simply the sample rate at which data is acquired.
Trigger Level:
This is the threshold voltage level that the VI looks for when
determining if a step response is beginning. If the trigger level
is set higher than the largest output, the VI will never trigger!
Pretrigger Scans:
This represents the number of data points immediately before
a step occurs that should be retained with the response data.
Save to File:
This switch allows you to save the step response data to a
file for later analysis in Excel or MATLAB.
After you finish collecting data using SYSTEM ID.VI, use the percentage
overshoot and log decrement techniques described in the system identification chapter of
your course notes to determine and n for your system. Record these values in the
space provided on the worksheet. Also compute and record the parameters using the
expression for percent overshoot and the damped natural period of the step response.
Complete the time domain worksheet by recording the theoretical values of and n for
the four circuits.
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Discuss any discrepancies between your theoretical and experimental
results. For each of the four cases, list which method you think provides
the best estimate and why.
Frequency Domain System ID:
Reconstruct the circuit used in the time domain portion of this laboratory.
Connect the output of the function generator to the input of the circuit as well as channel
1 on the oscilloscope and channel 3 on the data acquisition interface. Likewise, the
output of the circuit should be connected to channel 2 on the scope and channel 4 on the
data acquisition interface. Set the oscilloscope on X-Y mode in order to observe the
Lissajous figure we studied in Lab 1.
The FM (frequency modulation) function of the function generator will be used
for the frequency domain identification. Set the function generator to provide a 1500 Hz
sinusoidal signal with 1 Volt RMS value and zero offset. Press the Mod button on the
function generator, set the Type to FM, set the Source to Ext, and Freq Dev to 1500 Hz.
Finally, connect DA0 on the data acquisition interface to the input marked Modulation In,
on the BACK of the function generator. The voltage applied to Modulation In controls
the frequency of the function generator’s output, thus we can produce a variety of sine
waves with the same amplitude by varying the applied voltage. Use the settings above, a
voltage range of -5-5 volts produces a frequency range of 0 to 3000 Hz.
Launch LabVIEW then load BODE_MANUAL.VI from the Desktop\ME365
directory. This VI produces a range of output voltages that control the function generator
frequency, and computes the change in magnitude and phase between the input and
output signals at each frequency. The default panel settings should produce acceptable
results for most setups, however, you may find it useful to modify some of the inputs.
Here is a brief description of what the VI inputs do:
# of Points:
This is the number of frequencies that will be tested. Using more
points will improve the detail on your Bode plot, especially near
any resonant peaks.
Sample Rate:
This is the sample rate at which data is acquired.
# of Samples:
This represents the number of data points that will be used to
sample the input and output signals at each frequency for phase
and magnitude comparison.
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Delay:
This switch controls whether or not a delay will occur between
changing the signal frequency and computing the resulting
phase and magnitude change. Recall that frequency response
analysis considers only the steady state solution.
Delay Time:
This is the amount of time to pause before determining the
phase and magnitude change between input and output.
This has no effect if the delay feature is turned off.
Save to File:
This switch allows you to save the frequency response data to
a file for later analysis in Excel or MATLAB.
Drive Channel:
This is the channel number you attached the input to.
Response Channel: This is the channel number you attached the output to.
Limits:
These are the upper and lower voltage limits for the channels.
The panel outputs consist of Bode (magnitude and phase) plots which relate the input and
output signals over a range of frequencies. You may wish to rescale the Bode plots by
highlighting and retyping values on the axes.
Run the VI and save the resulting Bode plots for each of the four resistance
values. Observe the rotating Lissajous figure as the Bode plot is being generated. Your
TA may request that you print the front panel of the VI or plots of the phase and
magnitude using Excel or MATLAB. Use the frequency response data to compute and
n using the &quot;half power&quot; and &quot;slope of phase angle&quot; methods. Please note that to obtain
an accurate natural frequency using the Lissajous figure, you need to disable the FM
function and manually adjust the frequency of the sinusoidal input signal. Record your
results in the appropriate spaces on the frequency domain worksheet.
Q2)
Are the results of your frequency domain system identification consistent with
the theoretical values you expected?
Q3)
Are they consistent with your time domain identification results? Do either of the
two frequency domain methods ever provide a better estimate? Explain.
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Provide an explanation as to why the identification techniques failed for any of
the systems. Hint: What assumptions are made by the methods?
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System Identification Theoretical Results Worksheet
Theoretical
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System Identification Time Domain Worksheet
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System Identification Frequency Domain Worksheet
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